My district does not have a teacher dress code, but because I am in 2
different buildings, the different principals expect teachers to dress in a certain
way. One school very casual is fine (teachers wear shorts and t-shirts) the
other school, much more formal. I have become very creative with clothes as I
have little money to spend and have lost a lot of weight the last year and
completely emptied my closet 3 times in the past year. If you sew, you can make
very simple skirts for less than $5. Get one, very easy, very basic pattern
,make several in a few colors and lengths. My winter "uniform" always includes
a many pairs of black cotton tights. I always wear them instead of hose (as
soon as the weather allows). #1.....way more sturdy than panty hose!
#2...They are very comfortable and make a skirt as easy to move in as pants.
#3...Very warm!! As for shoes.....go to Easy Spirit. Their shoes were the only shoes
I could wear for such a long time as I had horrible feet. Now I can wear
anything. I just got a fabulous pair of Easy Spirit shoes on sale for $25 and
they will last for a long time. They are so comfortable and worth the money,
even if not on sale. In the past I really only had one pair of black shoes I
wore with EVERYTHING. Sort of a loafer with low heal...good with pants (khakis,
black a must!) and skirts. Start off with some basics, black pants and a
black skirt, with several colors of shirts or dressier t-shirt type shirts,
cotton turtlenecks are also very good in the winter. Also wear a smock to make
sure you clothes stay clean. I shop everywhere, second hand stores, Wal-Mart,
Lord & Taylor (great sale racks)....I don't shop often but I know what I have so
when I see something that will work I pick it up. Also because I don't spend
a lot of money on my clothes I don't worry too much if they get messed up.
An $8 shirt from wal-mart is not going to worry me as much as an $80 shirt from
Saks!!! I don't like fussy clothes and hate having to worry about them!
If you don't sew, one thing I did long time ago when I first got out of
college and had even less money than I have now (hardly seems possible!!!) but I
bought some fabric and knew a woman who did sewing, I paid her $5 a skirt and
she made me 5 skirts! So with the cost of the fabric I spent maybe $35 on 5
skirts. It was still so much less expensive than buying them.